Saison | Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
New York, United States
captainlawrencebrewing.com

Style: Saison / Farmhouse Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.50%

Availability: Year-round

Notes / Commercial Description:
Originally, Saisons were brewed in Belgium for the farm workers to enjoy after a long day in the field; and while we’re not working in the fields all day we are thirsty! The recipe for this beer was formulated with input from the entire CLBC brew crew, fermented with a traditional Belgian yeast strain, and dry hopped with US grown hops. Straight from the Captain’s cellar to yours, we hope you enjoy!

30 IBU

Added by Bitterbill on 05-21-2011

BEER STATS
Ratings:
91
Reviews:
40
Avg:
3.95
pDev:
13.16%
 
 
Wants:
15
Gots:
7
For Trade:
0
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Ratings: 91 |  Reviews: 40
Photo of Durge
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of ngeunit1
4.2/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a hazy golden-orange with a big finger of frothy white head. The head fades down very slowly leaving behind some nice lacing.

S - Aroma is a mix of sweet grainy and pilsner malts, lemon zest, Belgian yeast, coriander and other spices, and some farmhouse smells.

T - Starts off with a mix of sweet grainy and lightly bready malts with some lemon zest, citrus hops, and a bit of bitterness. Through the middle, the Belgian yeast comes through with some coriander, other spices, and farmhouse flavors. The finish is a mix of sweet bready malts, lemon zest, citrus hops, Belgian yeast, and some coriander and other spices.

M - Medium bodied with heavy carbonation. Feels smooth with a dry and estery finish.

D - Very drinkable. Great overall balance with good yeast character coming through.

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Photo of dunix
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of Gonzoillini
4.75/5  rDev +20.3%

Photo of Willytee3
4.53/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 750ml bottle in to a Captain Lawrence tulip glass.

Pours a light orange-gold color with huge head that tops the glass. Head has a whip cream foam effect that floats in the center of the glass throughout the drink. Some larger floating bubbles in the center of the foam make this attractive without collapsing the head.

Smells of white flowers and brett. Some funk and wet hay with citrus undertones coming through.

The first sip tastes of banana like warm vanilla with light funk, Brett comes through in the middle with a hard to pin down unripe Guava or other green tropical fruit. Light sour carries the fruit through to a very nice dry finish.

Refreshing and enjoyable very well balanced Saison.

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Photo of davey101
4.23/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Older style plain silver cap. 750 ml bottle into a tulip glass.

A - Pours a nice golden amber body. Ever so slight haze. Massive white head forms and settles into a thick cap. Swirling just crates another massive head. Tons of sticky lacing.

S - This one is way funkier than it is earthy. Really great barnyard Brett funk with lemons, grass, and a light spice in the background. A touch of booze on the end.

T - Similar to the nose. Bright lemons and grass with some light spice and malt. The brett funk is cheesy. Its sounds so wrong, but this is the cheesiest beer I have tried but it works so well! Finish is dry and abrupt. Mouth feel is crisp and lively with ample carbonation.

O - The best American made sasion I've tried so far. Such a great brett presence right now.

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Photo of t0rin0
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of oldp0rt
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of DCon
4.06/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought a 1 PINT 9.4 FL OZ bottle of this from Amity Wines & Spirits in New Haven, CT for $10.99. Poured from the Tan Labeled bottle w/ a Barrel on fire on the front into a 16oz Pint Glass. Has no bottled on or freshness date.

Aroma- Tons of floral hops and mixture of fruit starts this one off. Light spices are present in the background? May have some funk as well but tough to pick out many of the characteristics.

Appearance- Pours a 2 finger, long lasting head. Has a golden body with hazy background and leaves thick lacing behind.

Flavor- Good combo of spiciness and fruit from the get-go. Light pepper attribute coming in during mid-drink and then dry effervescent with some funk again!?!? Wow...

Mouthfeel- Medium Bodied, Highly Carbonated, Effervescent, Prickles with flavor, and tons of light tartness/funk is left on the palate. Bring this on! Awesome.

Overall Impression- Wow! Really pleased with this Saison. If you get the chance to grab this one, go for it! Very enjoyable and worth the price. Especially enjoyed all the funk happening in here. That makes a Saison the best!

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Photo of PeteRiz
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of redliner8
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of polishkaz
3.5/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of dgeebs07
4.5/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of wesley14
3.75/5  rDev -5.1%

Photo of KevSal
4.25/5  rDev +7.6%

Photo of MetalandBeer
2.16/5  rDev -45.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

I don't like to bash a brew, but, unfortunately this was terrible...I'm wondering if I just got a bad bottle?

Poured from a 22 Oz bomber into a pint glass.

Looked good...dark amber color. Half inch white some nice lacing.

Smelled like lemon, wet hay and manure(barnyard)

Tasted like it smelled....reminded me of a barn full of animals.

Mouthfeel was medium, mild carbonation.

Not a beer I would have again....unless of course I just had a bad bottle. Appearance and mouthfeel were fine, smell was a bit off putting, but that hasn't stopped me before. The taste was not my cup of tea....

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Photo of stakem
3.38/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to wishuwerebeer for the share. Poured into a snifter, this brew appears a clear golden yellow color with a streaming amount of fizzy carbonation. A finger of white froth sits atop and a full wall of lace sticks to the glass.

The smell initially is quite lemon-filled. So lemony that it goes beyond a natural scent of coriander and gets quite perfumey. As it warms up, some funk and earth come out. A lot of barnyard quality is evident once it goes beyond ideal temp with a hint of stinky cheese and sonething along the lines if raw oak. Initially this smelled like a mess but as it breathed a bit it got significantly better.

The taste is a bit of a mess just like the aroma. My first thoughts are that of lemon pledge. It hits with a ferocious amount of oily artificial lemon that persists from start to finish and just doesn't simmer down. I struggle to take in some character other than lemon and stretch to find notes of subtle cheese, grass and earth. The finish is a bit rindy reminescent of bitter pulpy fruit. Not horrible but also not really something I enjoy in my saisons.

This is a medium to light bodied brew with a light yet effervescent level of carbonation. It is quite pulpy and a bit too earthy and oily with bitterness that doesn't make for a good combination. It is worth a try but not really something I would seek out again.

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Photo of chrispoint
2/5  rDev -49.4%

Photo of KTCamm
4.01/5  rDev +1.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into a Duvel glass.

Pours clear orange with fluffy white foam. Very sticky. Fruity citrus smell, some orange. Citrus fruity taste, subtle hop background. Belgian strains. Strong carbonation a contributor. Taste has lots of orange. Mellow, smooth, and tasty. Very very good Saison.

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Photo of whartontallboy
4/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of JayQue
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Good American cut on the Saison style. Received in a trade from woodchopper...Thanks!

Pours a clear golden color with a big white head. The head appears to be delicate and bubbly as you pour it but settles down as frothy and long lasting. Thick patches of lacing on the far side of the glass.

Smell is lemon zest and a whole lot of Belgian funk.

Taste is similar. More funk / horse blanket than the top Belgians, less lemon zest and a little grassy hops at the end. The lack of lemon zest costs you a little smoothness and subtlety. The upside is really pronounced flavor...an unusual but still tasty Saison.

Mouthfeel is crisp and just rich enough. Overall this is a really enjoyable beer. The top Belgian versions are better for sipping on a warm day. This one is different but still very enjoyable. I am in the process of drinking the whole bomber and enjoying every bit!!!.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
4.04/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From 750mL bottle to Bruges hybrid glass on 12/7/11
*From notes

A: Unfiltered pale sunrise in color. A careful pour yields a fluffy three finger white head that lasts for some time.

S: Brett. Lots and lots of brett. Intentional, I assume? If so, then well done, as it's quite refreshing. And if not, then lie and say you meant it, as it really is quite nice.

T: A bit biscuity up front. The mid showcases the brett, and the finish dries out quite a bit, as the malt grabs a firm grip of the brew.

M: Crisp, yet dense enough to carry the wild flavors of this saison.

O: Pretty good offering here from Cpt. Lawrence. I see this more as a unique and off kilter summer change up, yet it was perfectly drinkable mid-winter. Recommended for both the saison and wild ale fanatics.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.81/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Brown glass bottle with standard pressure cap served into an oversized wine glass in high altitude Castle Rock, Colorado. Reviewed live. Expectations are high. Props to Adam for the share. Purchased at a bottle shoppe in New York.

A: Pours a two finger head of light cream, okay thickness, and good retention. Cloudy murky dirty orange colour. Nontransparent.

Sm: A floral aroma, with yeast, bacteria, lilac, and orange peel. Smells soft - if that's possible. Pleasant, inviting, and fecking brilliant. Incredibly inviting. Heavenly. A pretty strong aroma.

T: Floral notes, citrus notes (primarily orange), light yeast, a hint of bacteria (only on the finish), and other soft esters I can't quite identify. Not horribly complex for a saison, but it takes the higher path of simple effective flavours that are enjoyable and definitely drinkable. Perfectly balanced. Extremely well built for the style, maintaining a loyal sense of grand subtlety. No flavours beat you over the head; the beer as a whole functions on a higher level. Brilliant. Bravo.

Mf: Delicately soft and fragile, with very light cream. Excellent smoothness and wetness, suiting the style. Near perfect. Fluffy.

Dr: Close to, if not the best saison I've had. Very impressive and incredibly well built for the style. I really enjoy this one. Its strength is its mastery of subtlety, and the near perfect marriage of flavour with texture. Any fan of the style, and any beer fanatic, owes it to him or herself to try this.

B/B+

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Photo of steelerguy
3.73/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Golden yellow, high carbonation, large head that hangs around, with just a bit of haze.

S - Fruit forward with a bit of spice, would like more of the typical Belgian yeast aroma.

T - Like the aroma with a bit more spice and a little less fruit. There is a bit of a grassy, hay like flavor (not that I eat hay...). I feel the spiciness of the yeast is coming through but lacking that Belgian funk I like in a Saison.

M - Light, refreshing, highly effervescent.

O - Good beer, if I am looking for a Saison and a real Belgian isn't around I'd get again, but DuPont is still the king.

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Photo of mcallister
4.03/5  rDev +2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Enormous pillowing head that protrudes out of the glass like a cloud in the sky. Golden elixir obviously unfiltered with light sediment.

light Brett, barnyard, Belgian spices, fresh mown grass, wheat, yeast, lemon grass, berry, and earth.

Very dry and full of hop bitterness on the finish. Herbal and grassy, lemon, pineapple, dried tropical fruits, horse blanket like Brett flavors, fruity and delicious.

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Saison from Captain Lawrence Brewing Co.
3.95 out of 5 based on 91 ratings.
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